Genesis Foundation’s 13th edition of CEO's Sing For GF Kids


The 13thedition of Genesis Foundation’s CEOs Sing for GF Kids was indeed an evening to celebrate, cherish and reassert GF’s long-standing pledge to support critically ill under-privileged children. The evening witnessed 13 business leaders coming together and crooning for a common cause – to support and raise funds for 8 critically ill children.

In what turned out to be a fun-filled evening at Gurgaon’s Hotel Crowne Plaza, the event witnessed a medley of voices and personalities embracing center-stage, leaving the audience spellbound!Ending this entertaining affair on a high note, a rather fun jam session brought members of the audience to the dance floor.

In this unique fundraiser, supported by Pernod-Ricard and Mini, the participating CEOs demonstrated their singing talent and belted out Bollywood numbers originally sung by Kishore Kumar,Mukesh, Hemant Kumar and Sunidhi Chauhan amongst others!

The CEOs who took to the stage for this year’s CEOs Sing included:

Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman, Micromax Informatics Ltd

YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings

Siraj A Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India

Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant Foods

Ashim Das, CEO, Mehala Machines India Ltd

Dr. Harsh Mahajan, Founder & Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging

P Balaji, Dir. Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone India Ltd

VipinRaheja, CMD, Napino Auto and Electronics Ltd

Sunil Sachdeva, Co-Founder, MedantaMedicity

Radhika Taneja, Managing Partner, Savitar Search Solutions

Ranjan Chopra, CEO, Team Computers

Dr.SonuTalwar, CEO,Nova Fertility Clinic

Krishnan Chatterjee, Senior Vice President & Head of Strategic Marketing, HCL Technologies

It was an evening of standing ovations and encores as one by one the CEOs took stage. From a soulful beginning by Krishnan Chatterjee, to romantic renditions by Ashim, Ajay, Siraj, Dr Harsh and Sanjay, the pace picked up to foot-tapping numbers by P Balaji and Dr Sonu, sensuous saxophone melodies by Ranjan, who was accompanied by popular jazz artist Valentine Shipley. The evening was brought to a crescendo by VipinRaheja, who set the tone with Jhumroo, yodeling with ease, and then brought everyone to their feet with Kishore Kumar hits. Soon he was joined on stage by the other CEO singers, turning the evening into a celebration of fun, music, dance, energy and the pure bliss of being part of a cause.

Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “Music, when combined with the joy of giving, creates magic. And that’s what happened this evening. I can’t thank the immensely talented CEOs enough for their time and for supporting the cause so generously.

It was also heartening to see so many people in the audience join our efforts to support critically ill children.”

Speaking on the occasion, this is what the participating CEOs had to say:

YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings:

“It's an excellent concept - the event is full of fun, all of us who are not professional singers are re-discovering our talent. Probably making a 2nd beginning in our lives and performing after many decades.”

Siraj A Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India

“Unleashing the musical talent of leading corporate professionals to support a noble cause is a wonderful effort by Genesis Foundation for under privileged kids I am happy to be a participant in this fun event that will make a difference.”

P Balaji, Dir. Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone India Ltd

“GF work is absolutely phenomenal and combining an evening of music with a noble cause just gets us all come together as music connects people and hearts.”

Ranjan Chopra, CEO, Team Computers

“I just love the work Genesis Foundation is doing with the kids. Great fun for a good cause.  I see both the vision and the ability to execute to the vision. They are always able to pull it off.”

The proceeds from the fundraiser events organised by Genesis Foundation go into supporting the treatment of critically ill under privileged children. Recently, 2-year-old Manoj Behere underwent surgery for an intra-cardiac problem that he was born with. A farmer in Odisha, his father Pitamber and his family barely survive on a meagre Rs 5000 a month. Treatment costs for Manoj were prohibitive. With support from Genesis Foundation and the good care he received at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital, Manoj’s surgery was a success. GF’s mission is to ensure that children like Manoj receive appropriate medical attention.

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